The Resources Regulator is seeking comment from interested parties on proposed amendments to the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 and Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 (WHS (MPS) laws). The Act and regulation can be found on the NSW legislation website.
We are seeking submissions on the guidelines which will support new standard mining lease conditions that require progressive rehabilitation, rehabilitation risk assessment, annual reporting, and detailed rehabilitation management planning. The new mining lease conditions will replace existing rehabilitation conditions on current mining leases and be added to all new mining leases through the regulation.
We are seeking feedback from the mining industry regarding the application of a diesel particulate exposure standard for mines in NSW.
On behalf of the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board, we are seeking comment from stakeholders on the discussion paper for a possible new statutory function of Geotechnical Engineering in underground coal mines.
In 2018, we developed a discussion paper on the use and possible regulation of mitigation strategies for the prevention of fires on mobile plant.
In 2019, we sought comment from stakeholders on the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board’s proposal to increase experience requirements.
Improving mine rehabilitation in NSW
Proposals to improve the regulatory framework for rehabilitation of major mining projects are currently under consideration.
For more information, go to the Department of Planning and Environment website.
Targeted stakeholder consultations
Targeted consultation with identified stakeholder groups may be undertaken on specific issues when an open submission process is not required. This may take the form of direct mail/email or may include a forum by invitation. The Executive Director or Chief Inspector will decide when a targeted approach is appropriate and which stakeholder groups will be targeted.
If you believe you should be included in the targeted consultation process, please email email@example.com with your reasons before the closing date.
Targeted consultations are listed below:
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Withdrawal and emergency escape from underground coal mines||19 July 2021|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Gas outburst (principal hazard management plan guidance)||11 June 2021|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Escape breathing apparatus for underground mining applications (Standards for design and ongoing monitoring)||26 June 2020|
|Consultation draft Guideline – Development of a spontaneous combustion principal hazard management plan||10 July 2020|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Non-metallic materials for use in underground coal mines and reclaim tunnels in coal mines (MDG3608)||30 March 2021|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Hot work (cutting and welding) at mines and petroleum sites||26 April 2021|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Ventilation Control Plan: Guide for the development of a ventilation control plan for underground mines||26 April 2021|
|Consultation draft Technical reference guide – Main fans booster fans and auxiliary fans in underground coal mines||26 April 2021|